In their first game in the year, the Barangay Ginebra Kings turned their game on just in time to overcome a hard-fighting GlobalPort squad.
Ginebra coach Tim Cone rued their performance and said he’s disturbed.
“We kind of just stole the game,” said Cone of their come-from-behind 104-97 win over GlobalPort at the resumption of the PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum Sunday.
The Kings played catch-up basketball majority of the way, needing a 9-1 closing spurt to steal the game away from the Batang Pier.
Ginebra thus caught up with San Miguel Beer in the lead at 2-0 while keeping GlobalPort winless in two starts.
The Kings banked on the clutch baskets by Japeth Aguilar, Aljon Mariano, Scottie Thompson and Greg Slaughter in the last two minutes to avoid what could have been an upset.
Aguilar collected 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Slaughter 18 markers and nine boards, Thompson 11 rebounds, nine points and eight assists, Mariano 11 points, five rebounds and one assist while Cruz had 11 boards, 10 markers and four dish-offs.
GINEBRA 104 – Aguilar 21, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 17, Mariano 11, Cruz 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 8, Caguioa 7, Taha 3.
GLOBALPORT 97 – Anthony 29, Pringle 23, Nabong 12, Sargent 12, Grey 9, Guinto 7, Arana 5, Taha 0, Elorde 0, Flores 0, Gabayni 0.
Quarters: 19-23, 46-48, 68-77, 104-97.